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. correspondent steve harrigan has the story of an effort to get their son home for the holidays. >> john hammer's family goal was to get him home by christmas now. his parents, lawyer and congresswoman all say they expect his release today. >> amen, hallelujah, wonderful early christmas president for the family. the community rallied for john's liberty. >> the 27-year-old former marine is a combat veteran who served in iraq and afghanistan. after treatment for post traumatic stress disorder he and another former marine bought a used winnebago and planned surfing trip through mexico and costa rica. hammer's family maintains he declared the antique rifle he planned to use the hunt birds to custom agents on both sides of the border. he was arrested after entering mexico a taken to the notorious prison filled with drug cartel where for a time he was chained to a bed. his parents began to receive phone calls that threaten john would be killed unless money was sent by western union. after initial efforts to bring him home failed his family mounted a public campaign. enlisting friends and elected offi
. steve harrigan has the latest. >> they're afraid to do their job. the court surrounded by several thousands chanting protesters sunday morning and the judges refused to enter the building, citing fiscal and psychological intimidation from the crowd. egypt interior ministry said police made the entrance secure. demonstrators say they were backing the president. >> you are here to support the decision of president mohammed morsi. we haven't stopped anyone from entering and we haven't destroyed anything. we're here to protest. that is our constitutional right. >> what is or is not constitutional in egypt these days is in flux. it's set to be voted nonnational referendum on december 15. until then, both sides marshall the forces. demonstrating the support on the street. the number of protesters declineed. to just a few thousand tonight. the government strategy of the nonconfrontation with opponents have been working. that is put to the test on tuesday when they plan to march to enemy territory. >> the protesters plan to march toward the presidential palace tomorrow where they could cl
power grab by the president. correspondent steve harrigan is in the capital where it is this morning. hello, again, steve. >> what we have been seeing is escalation by the opposition protesters. instead of sitting here in tahrir square, the protesters were on the move tonight to march from several different directions toward the palace. they cut through the barbed wire. thousands remain. they were inside the compound in the post. left while it was going on. aids said it was the end of a working day. mr. morsi did not flee. he does not live inside the compound. [ inaudible ] next up for the country is a referendum december 15. the nation will vote on a constitution, the draft of which has been bitterly criticized like something that was rushed through and favors islamist parties. it's likely that morsi supporters from the muslim brotherhood will push hard to get out a yes vote and get out the vote in general. it's not clear at this point whether the opposition will vote nowhere no. or abstain. president morsi got a boost today. he has been battling with the judges. today, supreme judi
house is saying it's out of context but not specifically how out of context. bring in the panel. steve hayes for "weekly standard." kirsten powers for daily beast. syndicated columnist, charles krauthammer. charles? >> look, i love when the president says we need conceptual break through. meaning the republicans have to accept a hike in rates. what he means is a political surrender. because there is no economic reason why you cannot raise the money he wants raised. by doing it through eliminating deductions, inclusions and credit. number one as we saw he, himself, said so. a year-and-a-half ago. secondly, the same debt reduction commission he appointed and then ignored. spoke about raising much more through eliminating deductions and loopholes. and credits. broadening the base. at the same time, lowering the rates. that is the economic ideal. everybody understands it's what happened in '86 in the tax reform. it's what was recommended in the debt reduction commission. in their three scenarios in one of them, they eliminate so many deductions that they would lower upper rates to 23% and
. bring in the panel. steve hayes for "weekly standard." a.b. stoddard, associate editor of the hill. sindcated columnist charles krauthammer. a.b., the res tent numbers-cruncher. what do you make of the back and forth today? >> today was about the drama on both sides and blame game and showing they were going to come and call e want to get down to business before december 31, which is monday. we're not, there are no plans. no paperwork. there are conflicting reports about the meeting. it's all kind of depressing. when you poke arp you find out that the house is returning on sunday. but beyond that, nobody knows anything. >> doug: steve? >> yeah. today, nothing happened other than people using warn-out talking points and a lot of misinformation. harry reid is still blaming grover norquist. send him a memo that norquist took himself out of the discussion a week ago when he backed the house republican plan "b." it's like the old stale talking points. for me, the big picture if you take a step back from this, the big picture story here is one of misplaced outrage. media folks with the c
:52 but they are on the next conference report. okay. steve hayes, "weekly standard." juan williams, columnist with the hill. and syndicated columnist charles krauthammer. it's always a challenge when you have a series of votes interpreting the machinations of the house vote efforts. that one is not going to go far in the senate. to replace dequester where the domestic spending cuts. >> it's not. it's like something that the house passed in may minus provision on flood insurance in the earlier version not in this version. republicans are trying in the early votes to do two things. one, get more time. there is whiffing going on, on a big vote on plan "b." >> bret: explain to people at home what whipping is. >> it's the process whereby the leaders of the majority go around and arm twist and cajole their colleagues to get on board so something like the plan "b" can pass. the difference in the whipping that takes place now versus ten years ago is that there is not a lot for leaders can give. in the old days, it was we'll give you a road. post office, we will give you this and this funding, this project you want
't love the attention." let's bring in the panel now. steve hayes, senior writer for "weekly standard." nina easton, from "fortune" magazine. and charles krauthammer. sindcated columnist. nina, start with you. your husband was on the romney team. >> my interpretation is mitt romney didn't need to run for president after everything he has done in his life. saving the economics and making the money he has done, he made. being governor of massachusetts. more he didn't need to. but i would say that romney didn't underestimate how hard this was going to be. you had a crowded primary field going in to it first of all. he lost in the primary in 2008. when you get to general election, people forget how hard is it to unseat incumbent. 14 of the last 16 attempts failed. lep they succeeded, why have they succeeded in the incumbent president had to go through a primary. go to 1980 when reagan reag won. jimmy carter had a bad economy, but he had a primary channel from very elquent and charismatic ted kennedy. flash forward to 1992. george h.w. bush unseated by clinton with 42% of the vote but ross
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